Font Rental Arrives Through the SkyFonts Service


Johnathan Zsittnik in Archive on September 18, 2012

Introducing the SkyFonts Font Rental ServiceHave you ever eyed a typeface for a specific job but were hesitant to purchase because you knew you wouldn’t have much use for it with future projects or clients? Have you ever been burned by a font purchase because it looked better on the website where you purchased it than it did in your document? A font purchase can sometimes be a big and pricey commitment. So, if it doesn’t seem fair to commit to a typeface that you’re only going to use for a short period of time, or to take the plunge with a font before you try it in your design doc, you may be surprised to hear that we agree. Allow us to introduce you to a revolutionary way to try out and license type.

Meet the SkyFonts service: a cloud-based font rental service made for those who love to try new type. Leveraging patent-pending technology and a catalog of thousands of top name typefaces, SkyFonts lets you try out any font for free. The service activates the actual font data on your machine for a short period so you can try it out in any of your applications. –No images or other hacks. You get the actual font data to experiment with. When you’ve found the right typeface, pay only for as long as you need it. You can rent fonts for a month or as little as a day. Click a button and SkyFonts will activate and synchronize the font on up to five workstations.

SkyFonts Font Rental Service

Browse for the font of your choice. Try any font for free, or use credits to rent fonts for a day or a month.

This represents a radical new way to work with type –and for many, a far better way. With broader and more affordable access to fonts, we expect users to be able to create higher quality designs while saving money. Those who design from multiple workstations will also save time by synchronizing their fonts from their SkyFonts account across all their workstations.

Today SkyFonts debuts in beta. Each month of the beta, our participants will receive 110 SkyFonts credits. Use one credit to rent a font for a day. Use three credits to rent a font for a month. All credits issued during beta will expire at the conclusion of the beta so be sure to use them up! We’ll announce pricing for credits at the beta’s conclusion. If you’d like to give it a go, request your beta invitation on We’ll be gradually working our way through our invitation requests over the coming weeks while we collect feedback, so please be patient. In the meantime, you check out the introductory video or learn more by browsing the FAQs from the homepage.

Johnathan Zsittnik
Johnathan Zsittnik is the eCommerce Marketing Manager at Monotype Imaging. Johnathan holds both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University.

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